A Tribute to Optessa’s founder Srinivas (Vasu) Netrakanti

Optessa is very much a realization of the vision of our Founder, Srinivas (Vasu) Netrakanti to provide high quality planning and scheduling solutions that truly addressed industry needs.

Vasu was an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and a highly successful serial entrepreneur. Before he founded Optessa, Vasu was a co-founder and CTO of TigrSoft Inc. Vasu’s sudden and untimely passing in 2017 was a loss to all who had the privilege of working with him. Vasu will be fondly remembered as an exceptional leader who created a strong and committed team that has been together since the early Optessa days in 2001; a team that will continue to build on the legacy left by Vasu.

From Ashok Erramilli, CEO of Optessa:
‘We are in a period of unprecedented growth and opportunity for Optessa, something that Vasu foresaw. A value Vasu instilled in Optessa is to never let down those who put their trust in us - be it customers, co-workers or investors. Optessa will be guided by Vasu’s spirit, and bring his full vision to fruition.’

From Allan MacKenzie, Chairman of the Board of Directors:
‘Vasu was a remarkable man. He was deeply respected by his team, customers, and investors. For any company to lose such a man is a grievous loss. Yet, one measure of a manager is his ability to surround himself with excellence and develop those on his team to be independent leaders. In fact, the more exceptional the manager, the more capable the team is in surviving such a loss.

Vasu had such attributes. He had a quiet management style that allowed those reporting to him to take on responsibility and develop. He was focused on the quality of solution. As such, the Optessa solution is exceptional and now the de facto industry standard. Today, Optessa is an impressive growing company. It has sales around the world and has unsolicited interest coming from a wide variety of industries. A job well done Vasu - thank you.’